Transplanting From Aeroponics
Transplanting plants from an aeroponics system into another growing medium can be risky business. However, as Karen Wilkinson points out, there are five media that will make the transfer process run a little smoother.
Aeroponics is an innovative growing method that makes optimal use of its air-mist environment. There is no growing medium; instead, plants are grown in a closed or semi-closed environment where its roots and lower stem are sprayed with a nutrient-water solution. The roots never stand in stagnant water and constantly receive oxygenated water, thanks to the mist cycle.
Aeroponically-grown plants are also fast to respond to nutrients, as there is no medium between its roots and food. They can grow bigger and badder than if grown in soil or other media—and due to the direct nature of aero, they have limitless growth potential. To go down the cheesy lane, the sky’s the limit with aero!
Transplanting is by far one of the most critical stages of a plant’s life—after cloning—and it requires much care and preparation, along with patience and a gentle touch. (Just like the stress people feel when moving from one home or office to another, plants feel similar moving pains.)
When taken from an aeroponics system to another grow medium, plants are at higher risk of getting broken roots, so handle them delicately. Also, try to limit the number of transplants and if going into a container, choose one that is large enough for its roots to spread and live a long time.
While there are many growing mediums, some are more popular than others. We compiled a list of five growing mediums and detailed the benefits and potential drawbacks of each.
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Transplanting to Aeroponics
A simple and smooth transition for the plants, aero-to-aero is the least messy transplanting method (though aero is arguable one of the most challenging grow methods). For the plants, there is virtually no transplant shock and with proper, plant-specific nutrients, they shouldn’t notice a thing.
Transplanting to Coconut Fiber
A truly organic growing medium that’s gaining popularity in the grow world, coconut fiber can be used in soil and hydroponic gardening systems; some growers also mix it with perlite or expanded clay for increased drainage.
Transplanting to Expanded Clay
Expanded clay is a wildly popular and simple hydroponic growing medium. It is lightweight and nearly inert, meaning its pH neutral and releases virtually no minerals into the nutrient stream. Due to its incredible ability to hold oxygen and nutrients, expended clay is an ideal growing medium for rooted clones and mother plants. Next to soil, it’s the most versatile growing medium.
Transplanting to Soil
One of the more forgiving growing mediums, soil is ideal for transplanting to if you want to grow outdoors and enjoy the pleasures of a little dirt.
Transplanting to Rockwool Cubes
Rockwool is comprised of spun rock and sand, allowing it to retain great amounts of water. It also comes in many shapes and sizes and holds onto the air—which is perfect for newly transplanted clones’ vulnerable roots.
Like with most growing methods and techniques, there is no one right way, as it’s all up to the grower’s preference. So, do what works best for you and don’t be afraid of a little experimentation—it could end up increasing your plants’ yield and prove to be a great learning experience!
Written by Karen Wilkinson